Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Power of Love and Harry Potter

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THIS SUNDAY April 11, 2010: The Sacrament of Baptism

This Sunday, First Church gladly celebrates the sacrament of baptism for Vivian Helena Yamato daughter of Andrew Yamato and Jenny Gage.

Elder Nate Dudley, will deliver the sermon: "The Power of Love and Harry Potter"
Nate is the founding principal of the Urban Assembly NY Harbor School, a seven-year-old small maritime public high school located in Bushwick Brooklyn, and moving to Governors Island in July. The School focuses on experiential education on the water. Nate joined First Presbyterian Church about 14 years ago and has served as an elder on the Session and as a chair of the Social Action Committee. Nate lives in Brooklyn with his wife Stephanie, and their daughters Emerson and Jillian.

Recent sermons of our Interim Senior Pastor are available online at, and printed copies are available in the Narthex (Henry Street Foyer).

The nursery will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Christina and Patty.

10 O'clock Hour
There will be no 10 O'Clock Hour this coming Sunday!

Other News:

Congratulations to Chris & Peggy Slowik on the birth of their daughter Cassandra on April 2, about noon: 7 lbs. 5 oz.

We grieve with Mark Elsenheimer and Jill Huguet on the death of Mark's mother: Esther Florence Elsenheimer.  Please remember the Elsenheimers family in your prayers.

Session Meeting: Monday April 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room.

Tuesday Tea: Tuesday April 13 at 4:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. For more information please contact Linda Kolts at .


Please come out and celebrate the third performance of FPC's exciting new concert series, MUSIC AT FIRST!  The series is curated by organist/pianist Wil Smith, and features some of our area's most talented new music ensembles and performers.  In order to introduce our congregation to the music, each performer or ensemble performs a work on the Sunday morning service of the same week of the concert.
Each concert lasts between an hour and a hour and a half, and there is a $10 suggested admission per person which will be collected at the door.

 Please help us make this series a success--your attendance and support ensures that more concerts of all types take place at FPC in the future.  For more information, check out our website designed by FPC member Susan Schultz:

The Women's Ministry will host the Coffee Hour on April 18th in honor of Sheilah Hill's recently published memoir, They That Sow in Tears. Sheilah will read excerpts from her book and sign copies.
They That Sow in Tears, whose artwork was designed by Susan Schultz, tells Sheilah's story when as a young widow and mother on the wake of her husband's death, she experiences something intensely spiritual.  However, others do not understand, and she is taken to a psychiatric hospital on the eve of his funeral. Here, she is forced to receive multiple shock treatments and take medication with adverse side effects. In  this environment, her faith and Psalm 91 sustain her.

Updates on Margaret Grace: Go to

March of Dimes in Honor of Margaret Grace: Jill Huguet started a team for the March of Dimes, March for the Babies 2010 in honor of Margaret Grace. The walk is on Sunday April 25 at 9 a.m. and it is only 3 miles. If you or your family would like to walk or donate, please click on the link below.

Cuba Fundraising Party: Saturday May 1st, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the home of Richard and Diane Greene at 212 St. Johns Place (between 7th& 8th Aves Park Slope, Brooklyn). Enjoy Cuban Food, Mojitos, music and dancing. Your contribution will benefit CESERSE (Center for Social and Educational Services) an agency that provides services to developmentally disabled children.  CESERSE is located in Varadero, a coastal town about 90 miles east of Havana.  Since its opening in 2001, CESERSE has served over 1,500 clients.

Cuba Trip Planned with FPC White Rose Ministry
FPC White Rose Ministry has been invited to participate in several events in Cuba during the country's National Week against Homophobia May 13-21 (and stay longer for an additional program.  The FPC delegation will be involved in planned programs in Havana, Santa Clara and Veradero with religious and party officials.  Other social and cultural activities will also be scheduled.  Projected cost for participating is $1,800/person, which includes airfare, room, board and travel visas.  Contact either Emily Thomas (cell: 347.262.6466, email: ) or Patrick Dail (cell: 347.880.1530 or email: for more information.

2010 Offering Envelopes are available in the Narthex (Henry Street Foyer).  If you would like to request (or unsubscribe from receiving) offering envelopes for this year or next year please call the Church office at 718 624-3770 or email Annie Solages at

Job Bank: Do you have skills or know of employment?  Contact Susan Schultz at  to list your ideas on the FPC Job Bank.  If you are able to help others with writing resumes and cover letters, please also let us know.

Piano and Organ Lessons: Customized piano and organ lessons for kids and adults by FPC organist Wil Smith.  Contact him at or 646-320-0606 for info.

Haiti Disaster Relief Update:

First Church of Brooklyn has raised over $4,550 for Haiti's relief. Thank you so much for your generous donations. Please continue to support our Haitian brothers and Sisters.

How You Can Help?

Haitian Women for Haitian Refugee
1212 Ocean Ave #5A
Brooklyn, NY 11230

MEDICC is a multiplier. Your donation will touch the lives of people in Haiti and across the globe through the work of thousands of talented young health professionals trained in Cuba in the spirit of public service. To donate by mail, send a check to: MEDICC, P.O. Box 361449, Decatur, GA 30036.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)
To donate online:
Contributions by cash, check, or money order may be sent to:
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700

Partners in Health
Contributions by check – note "Haiti Earthquake Relief" in the memo line – may be sent to:
Partners In Health
P.O. Box 845578
Boston, MA 02284-5578

International Red Cross and Red Crescent


On the calendar:

Monday, April 12
      Session meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room.

Tuesday, April 13
Tuesday Tea at 4:00 p.m. in the Rose Room.
Living with Loss at 6:00 p.m. in the Thurman Room. Contact Rev. Charles Monaco at 718-647-5479 or email at

Wednesday, April 14
Men's Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., at the Park Plaza Diner on Cadman Plaza. Contact Jim Palmer at

Thursday, April 15
Food Pantry, 10 to 11 a.m. To volunteer, contact Jane Woland at

FPC Choir Rehearsal, Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. Please contact Music Director Amy Neuner at for info about the choir.

Friday, April 16
New Music Series at First Church: Jody Redhage, cellist and Fire in July Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested Admission.
Who/where to connect:
Online Donations: Set up a recurring gift to the church through a secure online account.
On the church website,, click the DONATE button at the lower left of the page.  To set up an account, click on the "First Church Donation Account Setup" link. To edit an existing gift, choose the "First Church Donation Login" link.

First Church Staff Email Addresses:
To simplify communications with the web world, we are finally changing our e-addresses to standard business formats, using first initial + whole last name + church domain name. For example:
Rev. Phelps       
Rev. Waltemath
Victor Forde, sexton
Although emails will get through to our church administrator Anne Solages at, Annie notes that it is best to use  That is the address to begin using.  Please delete the old address,

Messages sent to Amy Neuner, Wil Smith, and Sunday School Director Elizabeth de la Garza Vargas with the new addresses will be forwarded to their personal addresses, which have not changed.
Amy Neuner     
Wil Smith          
Elizabeth de la  Garza Vargas   

New boxes can be created very easily.  Church projects—especially those aimed to serve or connect with people outside the church—can benefit when the public has a simple handle for them.  For example, an email for a children's Shakespeare theater program set for July here at First Church has been created at If you think a box would help your church work, please call the church office to have one set up.

Don't worry about emails sent to the old AOL addresses.  We will maintain the old AOL account for the next few months so that nothing is missed and make sure you know when they are suspended.  But why not change your address book now, while it's on your mind?

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